Young Creators Project spotlight: Raine

Meet Raine, one of KCRW’s featured artists for the Young Creators Project.

Each day this week, we’re spotlighting the homegrown budding talent sourced via KCRW’s Young Creators Project, a community arts mentorship platform celebrating the creative work of SoCal residents under 21. 

19-year-old singer-songwriter Raine calls the San Fernando Valley home, but is currently based in Tokyo, Japan attending university. She’s traveled back and forth between the two countries quite a bit, and one trip from Japan to LA served as partial inspiration for Raine’s Young Creators Project song submission “Never Tell.” 

Over a spare electronic backing track, Raine projects life’s sweet mundanities into the cosmos — crushes, fashion choices, navigating life in Los Angeles (literally and figuratively) — still wishing for answers from a lost loved one that she knows are impossible to receive.

In conversation with Morning Becomes Eclectic hosts Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez, Raine opens up about how her experience with grief informs her art, and how she’s finally come to terms with the fact that music is what she wants to do with her life.  

 “There's always this unknown, this scary side to pursuing something in the arts,” Raine says. “But I feel like it's so rewarding that it’s worth the fear. And it's worth the initial instability. That's something that I came to terms with pretty recently.”

More: Explore the Young Creators Project Class of 2023


KCRW Program Director of Music: Anne Litt
Interviewers: Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez
Producers: Liv Surnow and Anna Chang
Recording/Mix Engineer: Katie Gilchrest
Audio Editor: Myke Dodge Weiskopf
Digital Producer: Andrea Domanick